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Recently I went on an adventure around Europe and visited three major cities Paris Amsterdam and Berlin Throughout my travels I used many different forms of transport to get around including trains buses cars ferries and my own two feet It was such a central theme to my adventure that I decided to research transportation within urban areas for this report It has long been a challenge to human kind to get from point A to point B In the early days of humanity people were limited to there feet With the advent of the wheel transportation became faster and saved time therefore leaving more time for other activities It also enabled people to go much greater distances However for many hundreds of years people were limited by how fast their horse could pull them how fast their feet could peddle or how swiftly the current of the river could push them At the end of last century human beings overcame this limitation with the development of the combustion engine and motorised transportation which enable them to go faster as well as further Trains planes automobiles space vehicles and many variations of each of these bring human beings to every corner of the world and beyond However motorised transportation is not only used in long distance travel most automobile transportation takes place within urban and suburban centres As the rate of urbanisation increased over the last century so did the use of automobiles Now there are more than 540 million automobiles on the roads of the world with most of these being in the developed countries 1 Unfortunately cars cause problems especially when there are many cars in one area such as an urban centre These problems include air pollution noise pollution and traffic congestion to name but a few To solve these problems there must be a shift away from car-focussed urban centres and an increase in car alternatives such as
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